In Khartoum, Sudan, Ms. Gillian Gibbons was recently arrested for the horrid crime of naming her class teddy bear Mohammad. She is a teacher of 6 and 7 year olds, and for a class project, each student was to take home the teddy bear for a day and record what they did together in a diary that Ms. Gibbons had created.
On the front cover of the diary was a picture of the teddy bear. Underneath the bear, Ms. Gibbons wrote, "My name is Mohammad." This is why she was arrested. In Sudan, it is strictly against the law to make an image and label it Mohammad because Mohammad is the prophet in the religion of Islam. The problem was, Ms.Gibbions did not know of this law beacause she was from the United Kingdom.
So our critical question is was it fair to arrest Ms. Gibbons for something that she was unaware that she was doing?
Here’s what we think:
So what do you think? Should Ms. Gibbons have been arrested for her crime, or is being from another country her built in excuse in this situation?
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Cybergirl and Chicken Chaser
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